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Top 10 Chris Brown Songs

His Best Music

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Chris Brown roared on to the pop charts at the tender age of 16 with the #1 platinum hit single "Run It!" He has evolved into a compelling adult artist who ranges from R&B ballads to upbeat club music and hip hop. This is a guide to his 10 best songs. Billboard Hot 100 chart peaks for the songs are included.

1. 2008 - "Forever" - #2

Courtesy Jive Records

Chris Brown himself co-wrote "Forever." It emerged out of a jingle written for Doublemint gum. It was one of four new songs recorded for a re-release of the Exclusive album. Producer Polow da Don gave it all a Euro dance feel. The result was a #2 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 for Chris Brown.

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2. 2007 - "Kiss Kiss" featuring T-Pain - #1

Chris Brown - "Kiss Kiss" featuring T-Pain
Courtesy Jive

After the failure of the song "Wall To Wall" to catch fire, Chris Brown's second album Exclusive was pushed back a couple of months to make room for this single. It turned out to be a wise decision as the clever blend of R&B and hip hop roared to the top of the pop charts. The "kiss kiss kiss kiss" chorus is addictive here.

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3. 2007 - "With You" - #2

Chris Brown - "With You"
Courtesy Jive

The Stargate production duo provide a simple, acoustic guitar based backing production then get out of the way of Chris Brown's romantic croon. He sings for "hearts all over the world." "With You" went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent six non-consecutive weeks there selling over two million copies.

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4. 2012 - "Turn Up the Music"

Chris Brown - "Turn Up the Music"
Courtesy RCA

"Turn Up the Music" is Chris Brown's first single from the album Fortune. It is a dance club track that expands on the direction of his previous hits. "Turn Up the Music" was written and produced by the duo The Underdogs.

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5. 2011 - "Look At Me Now" featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes - #6

Chris Brown - "Look At Me Now"
Courtesy Jive

"Look At Me Now" features Chris Brown rapping, but then he is shown how to do it properly by Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne. The production is put together in a skeletal "dirty south" style. "Look At Me Now" has inspired a wide range of cover versions. The song topped both the R&B and rap songs charts. It was the biggest rap hit of 2011.

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6. 2010 - "Deuces" featuring Tyga and Kevin McCall - #14

Chris Brown - "Deuces" featuring Tyga and Kevin McCall
Courtesy Jive

Many reviewers believe "Deuces" is primarily Chris Brown's response to the dissolution of his relationship with Rihanna and conviction on domestic violence charges. The song shows off his beautifully soulful vocals. "Deuces" was released as part of the Fan Of a Fan mixtape and later the F.A.M.E. album. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. "Deuces" topped the R&B chart and has been certified platinum.

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7. 2010 - "Yeah 3X" - #15

Chris Brown - "Yeah 3X"
Courtesy Jive

"Yeah 3X" was released as Chris Brown's lead single from the F.A.M.E. album. It was a return to uptempo Euro-influenced pop-dance. Chris Brown explained it was an effort to do something for his pop audience after he had been focusing on R&B and hip hop. Controversy was generated when UK producer Calvin Harris claimed "Yeah 3X" plagiarizes his single "I'm Not Alone." Ultimately Harris' name was added to the songwriting credits. "Yeah 3X" was a top 30 hit on the dance chart.

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8. 2005 - "Run It!" featuring Juelz Santana - #1

Chris Brown - "Run It!"
Courtesy Jive

At the age of 16, Chris Brown blasted on to the pop charts with this drama-filled dance floor banger. It was produced by Scott Storch and gave ample room for Chris Brown to introduce both his dancing and singing prowess. "Run It!" became only the third debut single from a male solo artist to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was also a #1 smash in Australia and New Zealand as well as climbing to #2 in the UK.

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9. 2011 - "She Ain't You" - #27

Chris Brown - "She Ain't You"
Courtesy Jive

"She Ain't You" is built around the instrumental groove from Michael Jackson's hit single "Human Nature." The sample gives the song a very retro soul feel. The accompanying music video is a dance-oriented tribute to Michael Jackson. "She Ain't You" reached the top 5 on the R&B singles chart.

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10. 2008 - "No Air" with Jordin Sparks - #3

Jordin Sparks with Chris Brown - "No Air"
Courtesy Jive

Label mates on Jive Records, American Idol champion Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown were two of the biggest teen pop stars in 2008. The Underdogs produced the light musical confection. It earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. "No Air" was a top 10 pop hit around the world peaking at #1 in Australia and New Zealand.

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